Focus on capability
Ask questions and make observations so that you can make a checklist of needs. So when the times comes and you consider care, you have a better idea of what the needs are. Specialized furniture and equipment is also available to help your loved one to be as independent as possible. Getting your loved one set up for as much independence as safely possible can help alleviate the stress of a change to their lifestyle. This can allow your loved one to still have dignity while getting the assistance needed. Concentrate on what they can do not on what they have “lost” try to encourage and promote their independence.
1. Can your loved one still drive safely? Safely get into and out of the car?
2. Can your loved one ambulate unassisted meaning get around freely independently or with a walker or cane?
3. Can your loved one transfer on their own? Get from a chair to bed or from bed to a chair?
4. Can your loved one do laundry or house hold chores?
5. Can your loved one still prepare food and drinks?
6. Can your loved one still bathe and dress unassisted?
7. Can your loved one still take medications without reminding?
8. Can your loved one get out to shop or go to medical appointments?
9. Can your loved one contact 911 in case of an emergency?
10. What are the long-term effects of your loved one’s condition will it progress over time?
Go through these questions and have your loved one demonstrate to you what they can still do. Your loved ones sometimes aren't truthful about their abilities. Your loved one might only need a housekeeper for cleaning or a part time caregiver for bathing and errands to help when they most need it. Saving you time and money in care that isn't needed yet, while letting your loved keep some independence. This is the best place to start so that you can consider what help will be the best for your loved one.